Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

October 10, 2022
Posted By: Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

Sedation dentistry is one of the many ways our team can ease your worries and perform more comfortable, pleasant treatments at our Temecula dental office. With sedation dentistry, patients can receive treatments they may not be able to tolerate due to dental anxiety and fear, sensitive gag reflex, or a lengthy or complex procedure. Dr. Byron Carr is an experienced and highly skilled sedation dentist in Temecula, CA you can trust with your dentistry needs. 

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe? 

Sedation dentistry is safe when administered by a professional dental care or medical provider, like Dr. Carr. At the dental office of Dr. Byron Carr, we take your safety and health very seriously. You are our highest priority, and we will do everything we can to ensure you are safe and comfortable in our care. Dr. Carr has been practicing dentistry for many years, including providing sedation dentistry. So, you can rest assured you are in the most capable and experienced hands. 

What Are the Different Types of Sedation?

The three main types of sedation are nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation, and IV sedation. All of these forms of sedation help patients relax to different degrees and allow the dentist to provide the most comfortable and efficient care possible.  

#1 Nitrous Oxide 

Patients inhale nitrous oxide through a nasal tube or mask and gives them a light, fuzzy feeling. This form of sedation can also make a patient laugh, hence the nickname “laughing gas.” Though the patient is still conscious, they may not remember much about their appointment. The effects of nitrous oxide dissipate once the patient stops inhaling the gas, and they can safely drive and return to their daily activities after use. 

#2 Oral Sedation 

Oral sedation is prescribed to patients who may require stronger sedation during an appointment to control anxiety or discomfort. The patient takes the oral sedation pill about an hour before their appointment, and the effects wear off in several hours. Patients who use oral sedation should have a designated driver and plan to rest for the rest of the day after their dental appointment. 

#3 IV Sedation 

IV (intravenous) sedation puts patients at ease and can be beneficial for lengthy or complicated procedures. During IV sedation, the patient’s vital signs––such as blood pressure, oxygen levels, and pulse––are monitored throughout the treatment to ensure their utmost safety. Patients who receive IV sedation should not drive or make any important decisions after receiving IV sedation. 

Schedule an Appointment with Our Sedation Dentist in Temecula, CA

Do you need a “dentist near me” who provides personalized and gentle sedation? Please call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carr to learn more about our sedation dentistry options and which treatment best suits you.

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